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In My Neighborhood in Oakland : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Aug 3, 2017
Shopdiva1 answered:
This is a wonderful community to live in. the neighbors are super friendly and it is so close to SF (7 minutes ride on BART). Lots of sunshine to grow vegetables and neighbors share their stuff with each other! How beautiful is that?
Mandela Foods will be expanding their orgNIC STORE VERY SOON!!
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Thu Jul 23, 2015
Mr.creamer.conley asked:
I am doing a brief research project on this community for a Masters of Public Health course. I want to come to understand the socioeconomic factors that influence the health of the residence…
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Fri May 29, 2015
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Trulia and zillow both seem to have pretty good models and can give you a good idea of what your home is worth.

Zillow seems to be more based on what has sold where Trulia seems to be more predictive and seems to take into account the direction of the market.

Therefore if you are refinancing the value Zillow will give is most likely what the appraisal will be if you are selling the value given by Trulia will give you a much better idea as to where to price it.

Either way these are computer models and you need to know they reflect homes in the condition they have sold in. You must adjust for the condition of the home. So if you are in a brand new tract of homes and they are all the same model these computer models will be dead on. In the real world one house can be completely run down and another can be completely refurbished. The difference can easily be $100,000 and the computer models have no way to take that into consideration.

Also if you decide you want to sell by owner you can usually subtract another 8% or so from what it will sell for.
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Fri May 22, 2015
PIFA answered:
Look on redfin. What has sold with similar square feet as yours? Does it have similar upgrades? This will give you a general idea.
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Tue Feb 4, 2014
Erik Johnson answered:
Always work with a quality Real Estate Professional that has been in the area for a length of time to get the information you are looking for when relocating to any area.
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Fri Nov 1, 2013
Keith Jean-Pierre answered:
I would suggest you try the regular rental sites:

http://www.craigslist.com
http://www.apartments.com
http://www.trulia.com (Rentals Section)
http://www.zillow.com (Rentals Section)
http://www.realtor.com (Rentals Section)

Between all of those, you will get a very clear picture if you can find what you are looking for. Good luck!
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Fri Jul 12, 2013
Alison Hillman answered:
Hi Jacbro,

That's a great question! I would recommend working directly with an agent to get specific questions answered: http://www.trulia.com/directory/94605-agent--77727/

Thanks,
Ali
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Tue Jun 18, 2013
Pacita Dimacali answered:
There is no definitive answer to that question unless you have a magic crystal ball that is infallible.

What makes some communities more desirable than others and as such, raise property values?

As a community, the residents of Millsmont could band together to show the property in the best possible light.

For example -- organize a Neighborhood Watch if you don't have one already

Look out for each other in terms of maintaining curb appeal -- some property owners may have elderly or sick residents who can't do yardwork. Organize groups to help and do what's necessary to maintain the yard...maybe even repaint...

Encourage people with garages to put their cars in the garages instead of having too many cars on the street, Beat-up vehicles littering the area will hardly help beef up market values.

Organize block parties --- get to know each other. Create a high level of neighborliness.

And so on...
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Wed Apr 24, 2013
Nancy Copeland answered:
Hi NIck,

It depends on what you are looking for as to what the best is. if you would like walkability to restaurants and stores the closer to Telegraph or 40th is best. If you want a more residential area Lawton and Webster are quieter streets. If you need to be within a BART station, the are around 41st and along 40th are a better location.

Price range is a factor as well. Fortunately Temescal has a variety of condos and single family homes to choose from with all the other amenities of the rapidly changing area. It's a vibrant neighborhood.

Best,

Nancy
510 612-2441
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Wed Apr 17, 2013
Terri Vellios answered:
I'm sure that would vary by the person and the type of structure. If one tears down a victorian home and build a modern mansion next to a small vintage home, the neighbor may perceive that to be not in keeping with the charm and character of the neighborhood. ... more
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Wed Apr 17, 2013
Terri Vellios answered:
If you like and trust the neighbor, what's the harm in interviewing them as you would another provider.? They may want to do a great job for you because they have to see you nearly every day. ... more
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Fri Mar 1, 2013
Karry answered:
Redding borders the freeway. there is noise.
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Fri Jun 15, 2012
Fred Shelton answered:
Good question that only you can answer. What you need to to is visit the neighborhood that you intend to move to during the day and night-weekday and weekend. This will give you an idea if the area is safe for you. Also, this neighborhood is next door to Piedmont, a city that has an excellent reputation for being safe with lots of places to shop! Call us with any questions: thesheltonsellingteam http://rent2ownhome.kwrealty.com ... more
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Mon Aug 29, 2011
Jessica DeLaney answered:
I think that Ellen pretty much summed it up! A couple of additional notes are that Lakeshore has one of the best Yoga Studios in the East Bay - Monkey Yoga Shala. Tim Thompson teaches isometric monkey yoga and believe me you will not walk out of there without breaking a serious sweat!

All the great amenities Lakeshore has to offer come at a price. The traffic can be a little heavy between Lake Park and Mandana so if you live beyond Mandana a good way to skip the maddness is to take Grand ave to Manadana and cross over to Lakeshore, then its a breeze to get all the way up to Windsor and Wildwood.

Best of luck to you in your home search!
Jessica
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Tue Jun 14, 2011
Ernest Villafranca answered:
Mike,

Did you mean 5412 Foothill Blvd? If so, it is me, Ernest Villafranca. I've sold this place five times, and five times the buyers walked or could not perform.

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Thu Jun 9, 2011
Gina Odom answered:
I just spoke to a woman who lives off Seminary and loves it. She told me that she would prefer to buy in the area and has never had any issues. However, it's a personal opinion and if you do not know the area and plan on buying a place to live in then I suggest driving around during the day and evening to get a good sense for yourself. In addition, check out the crime maps that the other agents have suggested. Good luck!! ... more
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Fri Jun 3, 2011
Ellen Lynch answered:
Hi Noemi,

There is a neighborhood watch group, through the NCPC. There is a Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council meeting in every district in Oakland, and additionally there are organized Neighborood Alert groups, and some "Block Clubs". These groups are all listed on the City Web Site..http://www.oaklandnet.com You might do best to check with the Council Person for whatever area you are checking out. The Council person for this Havenscourt area (District 6) is Desley Brooks. Dbrooks@oaklandnet.com You can link to her website from the city site also. I would advise contacting her offic directly to ask more questions about crime and neighborhood meetings, as she surely would have personaly knowledge of the meetings. Council members usually attend at least one NCPC meeting a month, or at least have their aides go. The crimewatch map is also on the city site. Good luck! ... more
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